Birgit Jung-Schmitt

Klemens Gasser

In her recent show, which combined photography, video, and object art, Birgit Jung-Schmitt examined the themes of family, gender, and sexuality in works that centered on hair. The two-piece photographic work entitled Friseuse mit biographischem Angebot (Hairdresser with biographical proposal, 1994), for example, depicted the artist standing next to a table spread with hairdressing implements, as well as a board covered with photos documenting her hairstyles since her childhood. Jung-Schmitt filled in the hairstyles, wherever they appeared, with black retouching-fluid, rendering them at once alien and familiar. A photograph of her mother, which was treated in the same way, formed a companion piece. While both images undoubtedly had an absurd, almost parodic aspect, parallel changes in the hairstyles revealed a certain dependency in the relationship between mother and daughter. Biographical

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